Need a RT-PCR rapid COVID-19 test?
Schedule your test right at the airport with XPresCheck or at a
select MinuteClinic® at CVS® locations today.
Does your upcoming travel require a negative COVID-19 result prior to departure? International flights may require a RT-PCR test, the gold standard for COVID-19 testing accuracy. Help ensure that your results are accurate, approved for travel, and delivered in time for your next flight by getting a RT-PCR rapid COVID-19 test. Schedule a test at a select MinuteClinic at CVS location or right at the airport by visiting an XPresCheck kiosk located inside the airport terminal.
COVID-19 Test Features:
- Rapid PCR: official RT-PCR results delivered on-site within hours
- Minimally invasive: virtually painless, quick nasal swab collection
- Convenient: Test at an XpresCheck on-site airport location or visit a select MinuteClinic at CVS prior to your flight departure
- Accurate: reliable and travel-valid RT-PCR results in ~30min.
Scheduling your COVID-19 test is simple. Simply select your preferred location below to schedule your RT-PCR rapid COVID-19 test appointment today.
Rapid PCR COVID-19 testing for travel at your local MinuteClinic®
Schedule your Pre-Travel Health Consultation visit* and rapid PCR COVID-19 test at a MinuteClinic at CVS today. Rapid PCR COVID-19 testing for travel is a cash pay service. Insurance cannot be used for this visit and cost to the patient is $208-$218, due at the time of testing.
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*A scheduled Pre-Travel Health Consultation visit is required to obtain a rapid PCR COVID test at MinuteClinic. Visit the MinuteClinic online scheduler to book an appointment. Your visit will last approximately 30 minutes and results will be given on site.
Frequently asked questions
The nasal swab is simple, quick, painless, and minimally invasive. Unlike nasopharyngeal swabs that require insertion up your nose, this nasal swab is less invasive and is rotated around the nasal wall.
RT-PCR (Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction) is a method of detecting nucleic acid (in this case RNA, the genetic material of the SARS-CoV-2 virus) in order to determine the presence of virus in a sample. It is the most sensitive and accurate method of detecting a virus and is usually performed in a lab. The rapid RT-PCR test used here uses the same process and achieves the same level of accuracy in approximately 30 minutes at the point of care.
Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAAT) are molecular tests that look at DNA or RNA. There are two different types of NAAT tests available: isothermal and RT-PCR. Data shows that PCR based tests are more accurate than isothermal tests. For more information, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/lab/naats.html
Whereas antigen tests detect viral proteins in a sample, RT-PCR detects viral RNA which is a more direct and sensitive method of detection leading to higher accuracy of your test. Most COVID-19 travel requires a RT-PCR test because of its greater accuracy over antigen tests.
This test has not been FDA cleared or approved, but has been authorized for emergency use by FDA under an EUA for use by authorized laboratories; this test has been authorized only for the detection of nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2, not for any other viruses or pathogens; and the emergency use of this test is only authorized for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency use of in vitro diagnostics for detection and/or diagnosis of COVID-19 under Section 564(b)(1) of the Act, 21 U.S.C § 360bbb-3(b)(1), unless the declaration is terminated or authorization is revoked sooner.